Well, its been a pretty good riding season for myself. Just thought I would reflect and share a little advice from a first time rider (myself) to others just getting into this Ďway of lifeí.
So Iíve never really had any experience before on a motorcycle, other than on a dirt bike when I was very young.. Id hardly count that as experience though.
Anyways, I never took a course (I couldnít afford it, and I still cant) but I have heard nothing but great things from these courses, even experienced riders have learnt a great deal.
As far as being taught stuff, I kind of just learned on my own, picking up pointers from other guys on this site. Know your limits, itís not hard to figure out what your capable of. If you feel fairly uncomfortable doing something, than donít do it. Try easing into it Ė mainly focused on riders trying to carry through a turn at faster speeds.
The worst thing you can do is ride with emotion. Letís face it, your going to do it, just think twice before you drop down two gears, blow by 5 cars and a semi trailer around a blind turn, in the middle of the night hoping there isnít a truck in the next lane (which there was by the way).
Get comfortable with the bike, get on those brakes, find out just how far you can push them. This is one of the first things I did, and let me tell you, it saved my ass several times. The rear brake can be the devil at times, I know Iíve put down at least 50ft of back tire rubber with emergency stops in the summer- its almost unavoidable, but find out how you respond to that situation and what it takes to get to that sliding point.
Take your time learning the ropes, donít get into situations over your head. Avoid doing things to try and impress others, such as that jeep full of blondes heading towards the beach and they want to see a wheelie Ė thatís what the next season is for .
Group rides are great, I was fortunate enough to ride with some awesome guys, and look forward to riding with them again next season. BF, arcrz, choco, jonesboy, nutcracker, dangerous dan Ė hope im not forgetting anyone? Ride at your own pace, find a group of guys/gals or just someone to ride with that knows your new and wont make you try to keep up with them. Lets face it, id be dead if I tried to keep up with BF .
Of course gear is important, but thatís up to you. I am a student, I know how expensive gear is, but try and get the basics covered with a decent jacket and gloves and work your way up to getting pants and the rest of the jazz.
Yeah so I guess thatís it, thought id just share some thoughts/advice.
Oh and some folks are probably curious if Iíve had any close calls. Lets just say Iíve almost died 6 times and I got a flat rear tire going 210-220ish?